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A Post A-Level or equivalent module in Spanish language and culture

Module details

  • Offered to all Undergraduates
  • Monday, Tuesday or Thursday 16.00-18.00 (depending on year of study)
  • 2 term module worth 7.5 ECTS
  • Available to eligible students as part of I-Explore
  • Extra Credit or Degree Credit where your department allows
Degree credit module options by departmentHow to enrol

A communicative module for students with an A-level in Spanish or comparable standard of competency. 

Grammatical and cultural topics will be introduced and expanded through work with a range of genres including literary, scientific and technical texts. 

This module aims

  • To develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to an advanced level
  • To introduce more complex grammatical structures and broaden range of vocabulary
  • To work on different language registers and to improve students’ communication
  • To develop the ability to analyse stylistic and idiomatic features of the language
  • To provide students intending to study abroad with contemporary and socio-cultural background information of Spain

By the end of the module, students should have reached approximately the B2 standard of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

To be eligible for this module you need to have done one of the following: -

  • Successfully completed Spanish Level 3
  • Gained a Spanish A-level Qualification
  • Already achieved B1+ or equivalent on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

You are advised to review material from your previous courses before the start of this module.

Information blocks

Learning outcomes

This module will equip you with the ability to:
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  • Communicate in spoken and written Spanish on a wide range of issues at an advanced level in an appropriate style, being able to compare, contrast, analyse, debate ideas and express personal opinions
  • Interact in Spanish with native speakers with a degree of fluency and spontaneity
  • Read the Spanish press, watch TV, listen to radio programmes and understand them with relative ease
  • Analyse and discuss topics arising from literary and scientific texts
  • Understand and discuss current issues in Spanish-speaking countries

Indicative core content

The aim of the module is to expand substantially the range and depth of competence of your command of grammatical structures and vocabulary. The module covers a wide range of texts; short stories, articles on science, current affairs and academic life.

Language: Revision of grammatical structures as appropriate; further work on the preterit-imperfect; impersonal se; use of prepositions; ser and estar; reported speech; analysis of a range of linguistic registers in speech and writing. Further use of the subjunctive; passive and impersonal sentences; conditional sentences; idiomatic expressions.


  • Coursework 35% - 4 pieces of written coursework (may include in-class tests)
  • Written examination 35% - A two-hour written examination at the end of the Spring term
  • Oral examination 30% - A 20-minute oral examination at the end of the module

Assessment information for students on a course with a year abroad

Key information

  • 7.5 ECTS points awarded on successful completion of the module.
  • Available to take for credit towards your degree where your department allows. Also available for extra-credit.
  • You must be prepared to attend all classes and and undertake approximately 3 hours of private study each week in addition to the assessment.

Module Materials: 

Materials will be provided in class and through Blackboard: articles from the press, selected texts on science and technology, excerpts from literary texts, appropriate audiovisual materials, etc.

Grammar support:

Aprende gramática y vocabulario 3 & 4 by F Castro Viúdez & P Díaz Ballesteros, SGEL 2006.

Gramática de uso del español: teoría y práctica A1-B2 by Luis Aragonés, Ediciones SM, 2005. ISBN: 8434893517.

Practica tu español: el subjuntivo, by Inmaculada Molina, SGEL, 2006, ISBN: 8497782461

A standard/large dictionary is also necessary.

Further information for Year Abroad/Year in Europe Students
Further information for BSc Hons and MSc Language for Science Degrees


"Very good core content as well as extensive extra reading material available."
"This module was very enjoyable and very interactive. The lecturer made obvious efforts to make the course more lively and captivating."
"I enjoyed this course!! I think it was very well-structured and included some very interesting topics, especially the topics relating to science. I also thought that there was a good balance between grammar, comprehensions, listenings, etc."
"Exceptional depth and quantity of material provided throughout the course. In-class material was interesting, thought-provoking, and varied, allowing for the expression of a large variety of concepts and vocabulary in Spanish.... All brilliantly delivered and explained."
"I really enjoy my Horizons course, I feel like I've learnt and developed a lot and the lecturer is also very enthusiastic and engaged in her work."